Chromium Bug Report: Close Tab Button on the Wrong Side

Google’s Nicholas Jitkoff on the placement of Chrome’s tab’s close buttons on Mac OS X:

We have decided to keep the close boxes on the right to avoid having them compete with favicons.

Safari doesn’t include per-tab favicons, so there’s no reference design from Apple. I say put the favicon on the left, and have it (the favicon) change into a close button when the mouse hovers over the tab. (Adium does this, but with IM status indicators rather than favicons.) Safari already only shows the tab close buttons when you hover. Update: iChat puts its close-this-chat buttons on the right, but iChat doesn’t have tabs — it has a sidebar list.

Thursday, 17 December 2009